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1.

One Earth, Many Scales

Lost in Space? Geography Training for Astronauts, preparation for a NASA Shuttle mission provides context for introducing key issues in physical geography and human-environmental interaction. Globalization and Revolt, why do the forces of globalization seem to draw some places closer together and cause others to pull farther apart?
Online
2016; 2003
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Boundaries and Borderlands

Twin Cities, Divided Lives- A single Mexican mother's daily struggle for survival introduces us to concepts of relative location and geographic regions. Operation Hold the Line- The U.S.-Mexico borderlands form a unified cultural and economic region with qualities of both nations.
Online
2016; 2003
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Supranationalism and Devolution

Strasbourg: Symbol of a United Europe- The city of Strasbourg is one locus of power in an increasingly supra-nationalist Europe. Slovakia: New Sovereignty- Since Czechoslovakia separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, how have the Slovaks fared?
Online
2016; 2003
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East Looks West

Berlin: United We Stand- Berlin is now capital of a reunified Germany and a symbol of a more unified Europe. But the integration of East Berlin requires urban reorganization and economic expansion. Poland: Diffusion of Democracy- Strategies for spreading democracy through Poland required a decidedly spatial approach.
Online
2016; 2003
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The Transforming Industrial Heartland

Liverpool: A Tale of Two Cities- Can European Union investment and the growth of service industries turn the tide of economic decline? Randstad: Preserving the Green Heart- Small, crowded Netherlands strives to maintain its transportation connections while preserving dwindling green space.
Online
2016; 2003
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Challenges in the Hinterlands

Andalucia: Developments in the Hinterlands- Spanish Andalucia struggles to move beyond tourism and agriculture to integrate with Europe's heartland. Iceland: Edge of the Habitable World- At the borders of the habitable world, Iceland must balance sustainable fish harvests with social costs.
Online
2016; 2003
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Northwest Contrast

St. Petersburg: Russia's Window on the West- What challenges continue to face this Russian port in post-Soviet society? Vologda: Russian Farming in Flux- How have previously state-owned collective farms changed with privatization?
Online
2016; 2003
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Holding the Hinterlands

Dagestan: Caucuses Disconnect?- The ethnically diverse, Islamic republic of Dagestan contrasts with neighboring Chechnya where rebels fight for independence. Bratsk: The Legacy of Central Planning- Communist ambitions create the world's largest hydroelectric project followed by a Russian city in the middle of Siberia.
Online
2016; 2003
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Changes on the Chang Jiang

Shanghai: Head of the Dragon- Shanghai enters the 21st century on a wave of development, ready to reclaim its legacy as China's commercial center. Sijia: Small Town, Big Change- The steady growth of a township enterprise illustrates three great contrasts in modern China: rural vs. urban, agricultural vs. industrial, coastal vs. interior.
Online
2016; 2003
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The Booming Maritime Edge

Guangdong: Globalization in the Pearl River Delta- This program explores globalization and the effects of modernization on Chinese society. Taiwan: High-Tech Tiger- What factors contributed to Taiwan's emergence as a high-tech powerhouse?
Online
2016; 2003
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A Challenge for Two Old Cities

Lanzhou: Confluence of Cultures- We travel to the frontiers of Han and Muslim China in the city of Lanzhou. Shenyang: Hope for China's Rust Belt?- A previously dynamic industrial city continues to struggle with modernizing its manufacturing infrastructure.
Online
2016; 2003
12.

Small Farms, Big Cities

Northern Japan: Protecting the Harvest- Japanese rice farmers battle destructive weather in order to save their crops. Tokyo: Anatomy of a Mega-City- The continuing expansion of the Tokyo megalopolis leads to ever-longer commutes and demand for suburban housing.
Online
2016; 2003
13.

The Mainland

Laos: Isolated Heart- Laos is emerging from isolation to join the global economy as an exporter of hydroelectric power. Vietnam: Fertile Dreams- As the world's second largest rice exporter, Vietnam's booming economy is evident in the explosive growth of Ho Chi Minh City.
Online
2016; 2003
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The Maritime Connection

Indonesia: Tourist Invasion- Their culture once imperiled by hordes of tourists, Balinese residents have developed strategies to profit from the tourist industry while maintaining cultural integrity. Multi-Cultural Malaysia- Amidst growing pressures from Islamic militants, social and economic programs seek to build tolerance among Malaysia's diverse cultures.
Online
2016; 2003
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Global Interaction

Singapore: Gateway to Southeast Asia- High-tech infrastructure, a well-educated workforce and strict government repression have all helped Singapore become a pre-eminent port and one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Australia: New Links to Asia- Australia shifts its trade from Europe to the Asian "economic tigers.
Online
2016; 2003
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Urban and Rural Contrasts

Delhi: Bursting at the Seams- The ever-expanding capital of India continues to act as a magnet, pulling millions of Indians away from the hardships of the rural countryside. Dikhatpura: Help Through Irrigation- In rural India, creating sustainable agricultural development proves a challenging proposition.
Online
2016; 2003
17.

Sacred Space, Secular States?

Jerusalem: Capital of Two States?- Can the historical and political geography of this holy city provide clues to a peaceful resolution between Jews and Palestinians? Turkey: Fundamental Change- At the edge of Europe, Turkey hopes to take economic advantage of its proximity to the western world.
Online
2016; 2003
18.

Oil and Water

Egypt: Gift of the Nile- This program investigates Egypt's limited natural resources, focusing on that nation's dependence on the Nile River. Oman: Looking Beyond Oil- Having benefited greatly from its relatively modest oil reserves, Oman looks to diversify its economy for future growth.
Online
2016; 2003
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Strength to Overcome

South Africa: This Land Is My Land- South Africa continues to face many challenges in redressing the land inequities under apartheid. Kenya: Medical Geography- AIDS has become one of the biggest killers in Kenya. How can geography help understand disease?
Online
2016; 2003
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Developing Countries

Cote d'Ivoire: Cocoa and Change- Cote d'Ivoire has long been the world's largest producer of cocoa, but has recently faced economic downturns and loss of its historically stable government. Gabon: Sustainable Resources?- In one of Africa's wealthiest countries, oil revenues have declined, putting new pressure on the country's timber resources.
Online
2016; 2003